In our fourth report on Mobile Network Experience in Austria, A1 retains all of the awards that it won outright or shared in our previous report. The operator solely wins four awards — Video Experience, Download Speed Experience, Upload Speed Experience and 4G Coverage Experience. A1 claims all of these awards for the fourth time in a row, remaining the only winner in these categories since we first published an Austria Mobile Network Experience report. On top of that, A1 shares two joint victories with Magenta for our Games Experience and Voice App Experience awards, for the second and fourth consecutive time, respectively. Notably, Magenta has claimed its first ever outright win, as it snatches the 4G Availability award away from 3 this time around.
Austria’s mobile operators continue with the ongoing roll-outs of their 5G networks. Magenta announced the deployment of the 700 MHz band for 5G services in rural areas and claims to cover more than a third of the population with 5G. Notably, Magenta was the only Austrian operator to be recognized as a 5G Global Leader in our latest 5G Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2021 — for 5G Upload Speed and 5G Games Experience.
Meanwhile, in July 2021 A1 claimed to have covered nearly 50% of the population, including 80% of Vienna’s inhabitants with 5G network infrastructure using 2,000 5G transmitters. Also in July 2021, 3 deployed a trial 5G Standalone (SA) network in Vienna and intends to roll-out its commercial 5G SA network early next year, using the 700 and 1500 MHz spectrum bands. Also, Austrian MVNO Spusu plans to roll-out its 5G SA network in the first half of 2022. The operator has already commenced the deployments of its base stations and intends to invest EUR 10 million in its operations over the next three years. Alongside its 5G deployments, Spusu will continue to operate as an MVNO, using 3’s infrastructure.
In this report we have examined the mobile network experience of the three main mobile network operators in Austria: A1, Magenta and 3; over the period of 90 days between June 1, 2021 and August 29, 2021, to see how they fared. 5G measurements contributed to the overall scores.